Emma Donoghue (Room) has a new novel based on an unsolved murder in 1870s San Francisco. “Frog Music” takes place in 1876, the city was in the grip of a smallpox epidemic. A young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. Her friend Blanche Beunon struggles to piece together the secret life of her friend in an attempt to find the person who murdered her.
“The Last Bride” is a “Home To Hickory Hollow” novel written by Beverly Lewis ( “The Thorn”, The Judgment”, “The Secret Keeper”). Tessie Miller is the last of her parents’ five daughters to marry. Her heart is set on an Amish man Marcus King, but her father doesn’t approve. Tessie and Marcus elope to the English world, then return to Hickory Hollow to live as singles, trusting they can convince the Millers to give it a chance. When the unthinkable happens, Tessie faces almost certain censure.
“A Star For Mrs. Blake” by April Smith is a historical fiction novel that delves into the little known legislation that Congress passed in 1929. It funded travel for mothers of fallen soldiers to visit their son’s graves in France. It tells the story of the women who made the pilgrimage to say their last good–byes and how they gained strength from other women. The story centers on Cora Blake, a woman who lived most of her life off the coast of Maine. Over three years, 6,693 Gold Star Mothers made the trip.
Popular author Tracie Peterson also offers a selection of historical fiction. “A Sensible Arrangement” (Lone Star Brides Series) features Marty Dandridge Olson, a woman who answered an advertisement for a “Lone Star Bride”. She leaves her Texas ranch and everything she knows to move to Denver to marry a man she never met. Jake Wythe and Marty agree that they are done with romance and love; theirs will be a marriage of convenience.
Joe Pickett is up against adversaries unlike any he has ever known, though he knows them well. It is rumored the wealthy stranger makes his money from killing people. Joe Pickett, the game warden is sent to check out the rumors. There are two men living on the ranch, one a stone cold killer, the other someone he knows all too well. “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box (“Breaking Point”, “Force Of Nature”) tells their story.
Clive Cussler’s (“The Jungle”, “Mirage”, “Zero Hour”) latest Isaac Bell adventure takes place in 1920, when Prohibition and bootlegging were in full swing. Joseph Van Dorn, Isaac Bell’s boss was shot and nearly killed by a rum-running vessel. When Bell vows to find the lawbreakers, he finds himself up against a team of Bolshevik assassins.
Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War” is written by Robert M. Gates, the former secretary of defense. This book is his written account of his experience serving George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He takes the reader into world of the Washington D.C. during that time, including his personal observations of the people and policies he dealt with daily.
“12 Years A Slave: A True Story Of Betrayal, Kidnap And Slavery” by Solomon Northup is the book on which the current motion picture is based. It takes place in 1841; two men trick Solomon by offering him a job as a musician in New York. They drug, kidnap and sell him as a slave in Louisiana. After a span of twelve years, he finds a sympathetic party that sends word to his family about his situation.
Many women have learned to sew by watching toe PBS series “Sewing With Nancy” hosted by Wisconsin native Nancy Zieman. “Seams Unlikely” is the behind the scenes look at her life, from her struggles with Bell’s palsy to her success in business and personal life.
“Ultimate Cross Stitch Projects: Colorful And Inspiring Designs From Maria Diaz” is a collection of counted cross stitch patterns covering a variety of themes. Some of the chapters include: “Animals, Landscapes, Florals, Baby and Art”. This book contains outstanding photo and instructions for many beautiful and unique projects.
Ronald H. Balson is an author new to our shelves; his book “Once We Were Brothers” spans sixty years and two lives. Elliott Rozenweig and Ben Solomon were as close as brothers when they were growing up in war-torn Poland. Their families fought to survive during the Holocaust. Many years after the war, Ben accuses Elliott of being the “Butcher of Zamosc” a Nazi SS officer. However, there is a question of whether Solomon has the right man.
“Moments In Time, A Collection Of Stories About Life In Eastern Wisconsin” is a book published by Delta Publications Inc. It features stories of local people who contribute to the fabric of our communities. Some of the entries include: East Shore Baseball League, Monica Manz, Evertt Hennig, Willie Mueller, and Dr. Lewis Schmidt to mention a few. Check it out; you might find a neighbor featured!
“Vietnam, The Real War, A Photographic History By The Associated Press” chronicles mainly in photographs, the history of the war from its Prologue in 1945-54 to the Reconciliation.
Melody Carlson (“Double Take”, “Just Another Girl”,“Anything But Normal”, “Never Been Kissed”) has a new book that features Katrina Yoder an Amish teenager who loves to sing. A Friend convinces her she’s good enough to compete on “American Star” a televised talent show. Katrina wonders if her parents will disown her for participating, but when a family crisis arises, the prize money would help pay medical expenses. “A Simple Song” tells the story of an Amish teenager in the world of Hollywood.
“What Once Was Lost” by Kim Vogel Sawyer (“Sweet Sanctuary” “Echoes Of Mercy”, “To Sing Another Day”) is an historic love story that takes place in 1890 Kansas. Christina Willems shepherds poor and displaced individuals who call the Brambleville Asylum their home. When a fire breaks out making it uninhabitable, she finds herself questioning the works she’s devoted her life to.
Janette Oke (Love Comes Softly Series, Acts of Faith Series) and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan (Dana’s Valley) have penned a new book. “Where Courage Calls” is set in the Western foothills of Canada; where Beth Thatcher has accepted a teaching position. The lifestyle she’s embarking upon is contrary to the comfortable life she’s used to. Her challenges include climate, teaching, and the conflict of being attracted to two men.
Readers of Jackie Collins’ fiction know who Lucky Santangelo is. “Lucky The Early Years: Confessions Of A Wild Child” tells tale of the early life of Collins’ super-heroine of seven books (“Dangerous Kiss”, “Drop Dead Beautiful”, “Lucky”, “Chances”, “Goddess Of Vengeance, “Vendetta”, “Lady Boss”) and three miniseries; Lucky is considered her most popular and beloved heroines. In this, her latest book Lucky is navigating her teen years. It delves into first romances, family drama and adventures that take her around the world, from Vegas to the Greek Islands.
“Killer” is Jonathan Kellerman’s ( “Guilt”, “Victims”, “Mystery”, “Deception”, “Gone”, “Rage”, “Time Bomb”) latest Alex Delaware novel. “Killer” is an L.A. noir novel that has a fair share of psychopaths that challenge the brilliant psychologist and police consultant. When a bizarre child custody suit results in the disappearance of the girl at the center, Alex calls on his longtime friend Detective Milo Sturgis. They attempt to navigate the obstacle course of Hollywood burnouts, gangbangers and other self-serving types to find the missing girl.
A House In The Sky” by Amanda Lindhout is a memoir that takes the reader around the world and even to “the most dangerous place on earth.” In August 2008 Amanda traveled to Somalia and was taken hostage for 460 days during which she converts to Islam to survive. She is given “wife lessons” by her captors and risks a daring escape. She is shuttled between a series of abandoned houses in the desert. By visiting the “house in the sky “she survives the torture by remembering the world she experienced prior to her captivity.
Piper Kerman was sentenced to fifteen months at the women’s prison in Danbury Connecticut. Prisoner #11187-424 learns to navigate the strange world and arbitrary rules that are a part of the American penal system. “Orange Is The New Black: My Year In The Women’s Prison” tells Piper’s story from the first strip search to her final release.
Author Linda Byler (Fire In The Night) has another book in her “Lancaster Burning” series. “Davey’s Daughter” is the second book in the series and the barn fires from the first book continue. Sarah Beiler grows concerned when her friend Ashley asks suspiciously when asked about the rash of fires. That’s not the only conflict in her life; Sarah finds herself attracted to Matthew, a man who is considering leaving the community. When he asks her to join him, she is tormented by the impossible choice.
“Fear Nothing” is the latest detective D.D. Warren novel by Lisa Gardner (“Alone”, “Gone”, “Hide”, “Live To Tell”). Boston detective D.D. Warren finds herself recovering from a serious injury she sustained while on the job. She doesn’t recall the details, but as time goes by she realizes she’s the next target of the serial killer she’s been looking for. There’s one way to take him down, fear nothing.
“What’s So Funny? My Hilarious Life” by Tim Conway (best known from “The Carol Burnett Show and McHale’s Navy) offers his first-ever memoir. The book shares his story beginning in a small town in Ohio during the Depression, to his ascent to national notoriety. By tracing his early path, the origins of many of his characters are revealed, such as Mr. Tudball, the Oldest Man, and Dorf. Readers will enjoy the behind the scenes stories of the popular comedian.
“Fried Walleye And Cherry Pie: Midwest Writers On Food” is a collaboration of thirty Midwestern writers who share their views on the gustatory pleasures and peculiarities of the Midwest. Elizabeth Berg shares, “In The Midwest, It’s Meatloaf”, Jacquelyn Mitchard “Corn In Heaven”, John Markus “Thrill Food” to mention a few. Some of the authors also share some recipes too!